African Americans

Chadwick Boseman crossing arms over his chest (© Bill O'Leary/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Howard University honors Chadwick Boseman’s legacy

The late "Black Panther" star and Howard University alumnus believed in the power of the arts to change society. Now, his legacy will be honored.
Young girl standing on yellow words painted on road, raising her arm and wearing shirt with heart on it (© Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength

Learn about Juneteenth, an African American holiday that celebrates what historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls "the shining promise of emancipation."
Proposed U.S. coin designs showing Sally Ride and Maya Angelou (U.S. Mint)

New U.S. coins will honor heroic American women

The U.S. Mint will begin honoring notable American women on currency in 2022. Find out more about two women selected to appear on U.S. quarters.
Historical photo of buildings burning (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra P. Johnson Smith)

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the deadliest racial attacks in U.S. history. The city of Tulsa and survivors are reckoning with it a century later.
Harriet Tubman posing for photograph (© Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress/AP Images)

Archaeologists find lost home of Harriet Tubman

A team of researchers has discovered the site where Harriet Tubman was raised. The home was later used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley speaking at lectern as Antony Blinken looks on (© Mandel Ngan/AP Images)

State Department creates new position to advocate for diplomatic diversity

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the U.S. Department of State's first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Learn more here.
Portrait of Barbara Watson (© HIAS)

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

Learn more about the life of Barbara Watson, who rose through the ranks at the State Department and broke new ground for women and Black diplomats.
Lisa Gelobter sitting and posing for a portrait (© An Rong Xu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Black women who changed our world

African American women have invented modern conveniences and deepened our understanding of our world. Learn about the contributions of several Black women.
Illustration of Linda Thomas-Greenfield (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Learn about her background and the new challenges she'll face.